macaw

[ muh-kaw ]
/ məˈkɔ /

noun

any of various large, long-tailed parrots of tropical and subtropical America, noted for their brilliant plumage and distinctive light-colored facial patches: of the six macaw genera, Ara includes the most familiar and greatest number of species, while Cyanopsitta has just one species, C. spixii(Spix's macaw ), a small, blue macaw, now classified as possibly extinct in the wild.

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Origin of macaw

First recorded in 1620–30; from Portuguese macao, macau, probably from macaúba from Tupi macahuba, equivalent to maca “palm” + ybá “tree”
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British Dictionary definitions for macaw

macaw
/ (məˈkɔː) /

noun

any large tropical American parrot of the genera Ara and Anodorhynchus, having a long tail and brilliant plumage

Word Origin for macaw

C17: from Portuguese macau, of unknown origin
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